Saturday, May 23, 2009

Resurrection Politics

The classic Christian doctrine, therefore, is actually far more powerful and revolutionary than the Platonic one. It was people who believed robustly in the resurrection, not people who compromised and went in for mere spiritualized survival, who stood up against Caesar in the first centuries of the Christian era. A piety that sees death as the moment of "going home at last," the time when we are "called to God's eternal peace," has no quarrel with power-mongers who want to carve up the world to suit their own ends. Resurrection, by contrast, has always gone with a strong view of God's justice and God as the good creator. Those twin beliefs give rise not to a meek acquiescence to injustice in the world but to a robust determination to oppose it. English evangelicals gave up believing in the urgent imperative to improve society (such as we find with Wilberforce in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries) about the same time that they gave up believing robustly in the resurrection and settled for a disembodied heaven instead.

N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church


Saturday, May 02, 2009

What Happens When the ACoC Misses the Boat

From The Anglican Planet RSS feeds:

On April 12, Bishop Don Harvey, moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada, informally welcomed St John’s Sudanese Anglican Church into the year-old organization. With 5,000 Sudanese in the Greater Vancouver area, many with an orthodox Anglican background, there seemed to be a clear need to plant a Sudanese Anglican church.

One wonders if this will be a pattern among the emerging Anglican Global South mission congregations in Canada. With immigration decreasing from Anglo countries, and increasing from Africa and Asia where the church is far more theologically sympatico with the ACNA than the ACoC, my money is on the new "Anglican" province growing more through immigration and less through disaffected conservative Anglos.

The fact that so many of our Anglican churches in the ACoC have missed the boat by not welcoming Anglicans from churches other than the Church of England will have lasting consequences, especially in neighborhoods populated by new Canadians.